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us. >> and thanks for watching. tonight on "world news," tell it to washington. americans up in arms. congressional phones ringing off the hook. websites crashing. you have a message about the debt deadlock and we are sending it tonight. and our top political team weighs in with something they have never said before. travel alert. a new warning about terrorism for americans traveling abroad. we'll tell you where and why. mcdonald's makeover. slimming down the happy meal. michelle obama applauds, but how much sugar and fat are still in it? and what about the toy? healthy living. what is the life-saving test your doctor should give you? and more than half of them are not. and, do you agree with what scientists say is the absolutely saddest movie of all time? we want your vote.
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good evening. and we hear you. americans are telling washington what you think tonight about the long and dangerous political battle over the debt ceiling. frustration boiling over. fed up messages pouring into congress from every state, flooding the phone lines, crashing the websites. and with the deadline only one week away, as you can see on our clock, the finger-pointing is continuing, the brinksmanship is dragging on. and abc's jim avila tonight on the growing anger in america and anxiety. >> reporter: make no mistake. the nation's capitol is getting an earful on e-mail and e phone. this is what you get when you dial the white house. the masses telling washington, deadlock on the nation's debt is not acceptable. >> we're in the thousands here. the staff is besieged. >> reporter: calling the people they elected to congress. >> move away from the rigid
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position. >> reporter: -- and the senate. some pushing a specific agenda. >> i'll certainly pass it along to the senator. >> reporter: but most just wanting a solution. >> this is a mess. you guys have made a mess of everything. fix it. >> reporter: last night's primetime rhetorical duel between the democratic president and republican speaker of the house seemed to enflame americans. >> i called yesterday. i'll call again tomorrow. i'll call as many times as it takes. >> reporter: today, abc news heard from many, telling washington on our twitter and facebook pages, like this, from new jersey -- "e-mailed mine last night. demanded they begin acting like responsible adults instead of spoiled children." and at our "tell washington" cameras across the country -- >> i need you to meet in the middle. make a deal. >> let's just start all over. because nobody can make up their minds anymore. >> you're here to represent us, you're not here to sit there and bicker and fight. >> reporter: in fact, the latest abc news/"washington post" poll shows the highest anger level in 20 years. 80% angry or dissatisfied with washington.
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62% favoring a compromise solution of spending cuts and tax increases. anger now morphing to worry. half think their personal portfolios are at risk. and today, for the first time, a prominent financial analyst says he isn't selling, but he can no longer argue with those so stressed they want out of the market. >> if you're a small investor, there's absolutely nothing wrong in moving to the sidelines onn short-term basis. to wait until the dust settles. >> hugh johnson, respected analyst, but is he the only one saying this? >> reporter: we've been asking for about two weeks now,w,nd he is the first, diane, to say yes, it is responsible, if you are either a retiree, going to be retiring very soon or if you have somebody who's going to go to college very soon, you want to protect those assets and you're nervous about it, you want to sleepep at night, it's okay to move them to safer ground right now. >> all right, first time we have heard that. and as we said, americans are talking all across the country, and so are we. but a couple of notes right now. some things are settled in these
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talks. no new taxes, not even on the rich. cuts of $1.2 trillion. so, the big remaining question? should the president be forced to commit to still more cuts before the presidential election? we gathered our powerhouse political team, abc's george stephanopoulos here in new york, jon karl and jake tapper in washington. and all three told me, they have never seen anything like this before. >> reporter: with just about a week to go, none of f e leaders, none of them, not the president, not the speaker of the house, not the democratic leader of the senate, know how this is going to turn out. right now, there are no votes to pass anything. >> so, you are saying that the white house has no idea -- >> reporter: how this is going to play out? >> no idea. >> reporter: no solid idea. absolutely not. >> they have a plan? >> reporter: none at all. like this in 20 years in this town where nobody knows how it's going to end. >> republicans get to have their
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fight next year, in any case, right? it's an election year. we can fight about taxes in this country during an election year. why make the debt ceiling an issue? why make it about the debt ceiling as opposed to the fact that we're going to elect a president? >> reporter: because it's working for them right now. >> reporter: and also, diane, the question is, you got to force congress to do this. the republicans want to force congress to, and the president, to come together and pass a plan that would significantly cut government spending, even far more than they're talking about right now. >> reporter: the democratic leader in the senate, harry reid, and president obama last night, wouldn't be talking about accepting up to $2.7 trillion in spending cuts if they weren't being forced to by the threat of default. >> reporter: that's right. and in fact, you could argue, that in many ways, h hse republicans have already won the argument, because taxes are off the table in the short-term and we are debating how much should
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the government cut in spending, not whether or not the government should be cutting at all. >> jon karl, what is your advice to the american citizen? >> reporter: get engaged. understand this issue. and, yes, even as the president said, put a little pressure on your member of congress to get in there and actually make the tough decisions. >> jake? >> reporter: we have faced tougher times before as a nation and i'm sure we'll get through this, but it sure does look bleak. i agree with jon, though. i mean, it is important for every american to get involved, because the way -- with the situation we're in right now, only the most energized, most eye logical often get involved and that doesn't necessarily create a conducive situation for compromise and for both parties trying to find common ground. >> so, whichever way you feel, call your congressman and your senator? >> reporter: i would say, before you do that, put yourself in the shoes and the heart and the mind of the person you disagree with most and then see if you can find the common ground. >> again, our conversation today
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to go along with yours, asashe clock ticks down. and now, we tell you about a new terror alert, today, for americans heading overseas in this, the peak of the summer travel season. the alert warns of a heightened security risk and ties it back to that raid that killed osama bin laden. abc's justice department expert pierre thomas has been talkiki to his intelligence sources. >> reporter: al qaeda's vow of revenge for osama bin laden's killing is no idle threat. >> tourists, people working in other cities. they think that's a lot easier, and it probably is a lot easier, then coming back to attack washington or new york. >> reporter: the state department bulletin warns of an enhanced potential for anti-american violence, given the death of osama bin laden. "current information suggests that al qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks." sources tell abc news that after bin laden's killing, al qaeda's new leader, ayman al zawahiri, told operatives to target americans wherever they can be
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found. not just the u.s. homeland. according to the state department, americans should be concerned about suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings and bombings. u.s. officials are also mindful that bin laden had encouraged leaders to attack the u.s. by the tenth anniversary of 9/11. >> there is a desire to do an attack, and therefore americans whether they're at home or abroad need to take that into account, as well as the new guidance from al qaeda to its cells to attack k erseas americans. >> reporter: and there is growing concern about the reach of al qaeda affiliates overseas, in yemen and the emerging threat from somalia. a senior al qaeda leader recently killed in somalia was carrying computer files indicating the group was discussing mumbai style attacks on hotels in europe. today, this warning from the new nominee to head the national counterterrorism center. >> probably the next most significant terrorist threat may emanate from the al qaeda presence in somalia.
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>> reporter: diane, at least 40 americans have gone to somalia to fight and train in recent years. the worry y that some of them could be directed to attack here at home or overseas, which is exactly what the state department is concerned about tonight. >> reporting in from washington, our pierre thomas. thank you, pierre. and now, china, and what we have learned today about what the chinese will do when their technological edge on america is being challenged. crack down. we have evidence tonight that the chinese are embarrassed by the crash of their vaunted high speed bullet train. abc's clarissa ward on how the chinese are trying to spin the story. >> reporter: it was a horrifying scene. one of china's super elite high speed trains smacked into the back of another train that had stalled, killing 39 people. and now china's government is trying to bury the lead. they sent out instructions to chinese journalists covering the tragedy. among the highlights?
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"do not investigate the causes of the accident." instead, the government says, "concentrate on touching stories," like how people are donating blood. they insist "all stories have the same theme. in the face of great tragedy," the memo reads, "there is great love." the bottom line? "do not question, do not elaborate." china's beijing-shanghai bullet train opened earlier this month with much fanfare. an example of china beating the u.s. in a race of technology and infrastructure. david muir rode the new train during the "world news" china trip last november. >> reporter: these trains now travel at speeds of up to 230 miles per hour. as china now leapfrogs most of the world in building cleaner and more efficient technology. >> reporter: the crash is not the only story they're trying to bury. there have been troubling accusations that the rush to meet deadlines has come at the expense of safety. now, this is a country where people are extremely fearful of
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disobeying authority, but i want to show you one of the biggest newspapers here today, it says, "this accident should have never happened. why did it happen?" a very brave headline. diane? >> clarissa, thaha you for reporting in from beijing. and now, president obama drove over to the norwegian ambassador's home in washington today. he wrote that america is heartbroken by the terror attack there and the tragic loss and stands beside norway. in oslo, the outpouring of grief for the 76 victims of the assault continues. and for perspective, remember, this is a country where police rarely even carry guns. a political note now. a democratic congressman is calling it quits after new allegations. david wu from oregon, once in the headlines for dressing up in a tiger suit, said he will resign as soon as the debt ceceing fight is over. late last week, a newspaper in his home state revealed that an
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18-year-old woman, the daughter of one of wu's daughters, is alleging she had an unwanted sexual contact with him. and for months now, the pressure has been building on fast food restaurants to get on board the fight against childhood obesity, with first lady michelle obama leading the charge. today, the biggest chain of all, mcdonald's, rolled out a new happy meal, touting change and choice. so, exactly what will kids be getting? here's abc's matt gutman. >> surprise! we're the happy meal guys! >> reporter: starting today, this iconic box of fun is going on a diet. mcdonald's has launched a big campaign to make a small change in the happy meal. the agele lesles lesles leslessd with the fries portion cut in half and apple slices added. would you be okay if i took half your fries if they're mine? no? they may not like it, but first
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dy michelle obama, who's heading a nationwide campaign against childhood obesity, called the move a positive step. the company says its new meals cut about 100 calories, reduce sodium and reduce saturated fat by about 20%. but many of the meals still weigh in at about 500 calories, about a third of what a 6-year-old should eat in a day. this is how much sugar is in a happy mealalow. >> this is the amount that is actually in a happy meal now. it includes the french fries, the bun of the burger and the soda that comes with the happy meal. and this is a lot of sugar. >> reporter: one of the reasons the company has been accused by parents of contributing to obesity in america. but as we saw on "gma" this morning, one thing mcdonald's won't give up. trying to appeal to kids. >> reporter: why not just stop with the toys? >> well, the toys are an important part of the experience. come on. kiki have to have fun, you know. >> reporter: which also happens to be what kids care about most. what's the most important part of the happy meal? >> playing. >> reporter: playing, of course. matt gutman, abc news, miami.
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in healthy living tonight, word that an astonishing number of doctors are not recommending life-saving tests for women with a family history of breast cancer. and why not? what should patients do? here's abc's linsey davis. >> reporter: pat morrow's doctor made a potentially life-saving recommendation, advice we now know more than half of doctors may not pass along to their patients. >> we're going to make sure that you're not at risk. >> reporter: pat's doctor recommended she undergo genetic counseling and testing. it's a quick blood test that can tell a woman if she has a certain genetic mutation that would automatically make her five times more likely to develop breast cancer than the average woman. >> once the test identifies a mutation in that individual, we can really give that person a percentage of risk. >> reporter: 12% of all women will develop breast cancer. but of women with this genetic
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mutation, 60% will get breast cancer. a leading panel of health care experts says genetic testing is critical for women with a family history of breast cancer stemming from mutations in the brca-1 or 2 gene. but despite that, a new study has found that only 41% of doctors indicated they would recommend testing to high risk women. for women who test positive, and then undergo intensive screening or take preventative measures, they can decrease breast cancer incidence by 95%. they have the option of taking drugs that suppress estrogen, make lifestyle changes that limit smoking, drinking or diet, or, in some extreme cases, have preventative mastectomies. >> genetic testing for women can be lifesaving. >> reporter: so, were you surprised to learn that so many doctors are essentially ignoring the guidelines? >> doctors don't often take the time to get the family history it takes. and i think a lot of doctors aren't aware of those guidelines or what women are at high risk. >> reporter: so based on your
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family history, ask your doctor if you're in fact high risk. it's not just a matter of one person in your family having breast cancer. it's actually a combination of factors, including how many relatives have it and the age they were diagnosed. so, diane, if it is determined in the end you are in fact high risk, you want to talk to your doctor about testing. >> and if in doubt, ask your doctor. >> reporter: exactly. >> thank you, linsey. and, coming up, are you ready for this? scientists have chosen the saddest movie scene ever -- ever -- and they say there's proof in the kleenex. want to guess what it is? sometimes, i worry my pipes might leak. but i learned there's something more i can do. now, i take care with vesicare. once-daily vesicare cacahelp control your bladder muscle and is proven to treat overactive bladder with symptoms of frequent urges and leaks day and night. if you have certain stomach or glaucoma problems, or trouble emptying your bladder,
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and, as we said, scientists now think they have quantified what they call the kleenex factor, the single saddest movie of all time. the saddest movie scene. here is the movie scene that topped the list of tears. >> champ, wake up! wake up! >> that's rickie schroeder from "the champ," 1979. so, tell us if you think this is it, or if you have another vote. it's online at we want to tally up your votes and tomorrow night, we'll report in on what all of you had to say. and coming up, the new and proven formula for a wonderful vacation. how many days, what should you do? and it may not be what you think. and her medication. needs help from me. the exelon patch -- it releases medication continuously
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on day three of their new york vacation. >> it's like, "are we there yet? are we there yet? is it far? i'm hungry. i'm thirsty." >> reporter: the good news, scientifically, it should get better. researchers found we're least happy on the second or third day of our vacation. that's when we're most likely to be tired, get sick, or pick up a bug from our new surroundings. and our happiness peaks when we've unwound and oriented. typically the day before we go home. so, back to the clines. how long do they need to get away to get the most out of it? well, it turns out, more days doesn't mean more e hainess. scientists found short trips, two to six days, are actually the most beneficial to our well being. frequent, shorter trips gives us something to look forward to. and researchers found most people actually enjoy planning their vacation more than the vacation itself. the anticipation, it seems, is
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often sweeter than the reality. and while many of us dream of lounging by the pool with a good book, pretending the shrieking kids belong to someone else, scientists say we should really put down our books and get up. studies show vacations that involve activities actually bring us more happiness. and when it's time to go home, don't do it on a sunday. it's the surest way to lead to a post-holiday mood crash. instead, experts say come home on thursday or friday, giving you a few days to re-enter reality and recover from vacation. sharyn alfonsi, abc news, new york. >> and we're so glad you watched. "nightline" later. we we're live tonight with a raging fire in a fairfield plastics plant and toxic smoke threatening a nearby neighborhood. >> in sacramento, amazon is trying to overturn the new sales tax law, state is taking a step to implement it.
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>> politics of garbage. a major battle over where it should go, and who should haul it away. >> and dualing demonstrations on a national debt crisis. people aweigh in on the future of the country. >> fire storm in fairfield, you can see twisting flames produced by a fire burning like this for hours today in a plastics plant. good evening, everyone. >> these flames, as you look live are nothing compared to a couple hours ago but they're still burning this, area of the plant erupted into flames again about 10 minutes ago. a live picture from sky 7 over the macro plastics plant tonight. it's been burning in fairfield for the past several hours, since about 1:00 today. abc 7's john alston is live with the latest from the scene. >>s you can see there have been a number of flare ups since


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